Higher Ferry and Noss

Dart Marina & Higher Ferry

The Higher Ferry runs on cables and it is advisable to give it a wide berth. Dart Marina is situated on the Dartmouth (western) side just above the Higher Ferry. Visitors’ berths are available. Contact Dart Marina on VHF Ch. 80 (tel 01803 837161).

Caution:  Masters/Skippers should familiarise themselves with the routes and locations of the crossing ferries which are marked on the chart since they can be difficult to spot, particularly at high water when they berth at the top of their slipway.  Particular care is required on entry with the lower ferry on the Kingswear side as this is out of sight when berthed and can surprise vessels on starboard side of the channel.  Likewise the higher ferry can surprise vessels outboard on the staboard side of the channel when it leaves Dartmouth as it can be obscured by Dart Marina pontoons and vessels.  The two lower car ferries that ply between Kingswear and Dartmouth - comprise a tug and vehicle carrying float that is towed alongside the tug - are assess as "restricted in their ability to manoeuvre" by the MCA and exhibit appropriate shapes/lights. The wire guided Higher Ferry that crosses the river just below Dart Marina exhibits the same shapes/lights.  Beware of submerged wires in the vicinity of this ferry.



Sandquay, immediately to the north of Dart Marina, belongs to the Ministry of Defence. Expect a lot of small boat activity in this area. There is no berthing without permission.

  • Old Mill Creek

    This creek dries out at low waters. Old Mill Creek is located on the left hand side of the river, heading North, just North of Sandquay. There are yacht repair and lay up facilities at the head of Old Mill Creek (Distin's Boatyard and Creekside Boatyard). Passage up the creek should be made on a rising tide. The deepest water is to be found close to the moorings in the creek. All the moorings here are private. The yellow buoys belong to the Naval College and may only be used with permission.

  • Noss on Dart (Premier Marina)

    Further North on the right hand side of the channel Noss on Dart is a yacht haven with limited lift out facilities. For the availability of visitors’ berths contact Premier Marina VHF Ch. 80 (Tel  01803 839087 or after 5pm call 07920 425452).

    Follow the course of the river favouring the starboard side of the channel. Private moorings marked with orange buoys are situated on the west side of the river.